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Second Margin Triggered Adjust

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085967D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haydon, FC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An automatic right margin adjustment function in a word processing system, including a keyboard and a display device, allows an operator to key text to the display without having to key carrier returns, while allowing the operator some flexibility in keying beyond the desired right margin without automatic horizontal segmentation.

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Second Margin Triggered Adjust

An automatic right margin adjustment function in a word processing system, including a keyboard and a display device, allows an operator to key text to the display without having to key carrier returns, while allowing the operator some flexibility in keying beyond the desired right margin without automatic horizontal segmentation.

When keying text, it may be inconvenient for an operator to be concerned with ending lines at the right margin. The capability of automatic adjustment of line lengths has been provided previously by one of two methods: (1) Horizontal segmentation has been employed to cause a text window to jump, a section at a time, along a long line. After the text is keyed into one huge line, a margin adjustment function breaks it into lines that will fit on paper. (2) Online adjust functions have been employed that automatically insert line ending codes into the text each time the operator keys to the right margin.

Segmentation creates operator confusion by supporting an unnaturally long line and jumping the viewing area along the line. Online adjust tends to interfere with normal operator decisions at the right margin, by occasionally ending lines earlier than the operator would otherwise desire.

With the second margin triggered adjust function, a first, normal margin is established to correspond to a desired margin position on a printed document. A second margin is established which corresponds to the width, or right...